Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United victory 'felt like funeral'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United victory 'felt like funeral'

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United victory 'felt like funeral'

Former Norway global John Arne Riise believes that Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's true test will come next season, when results do not go his way.

"It didn't really feel any different for me because the focus is always the next game, but we as a team felt it was a new start after the disappointment of Wolves (the FA Cup quarter-final defeat), it was nearly like the first game of the league".

"They just need somebody who can really instil confidence, put an arm around them and tell them that they're doing a good job".

Solskjaer praised central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling's displays but admitted the overall performance barely merited a win. We've got a good platform to build on and hopefully we can finish strong.

"Players here - majority - they've had Mourinho, they've had Van Gaal, they've had Moyes and Fergie so they've had a great education".

Three months on from being brought in by United as caretaker boss, Solskjaer this week signed a three-year deal at Old Trafford.

United were second best for long periods against the Hornets, but held on to grind out a win and move above Arsenal into the Premier League's top four. He promised to "freshen it up on Tuesday" - which is code for "drop a..."

"Watford are a good side, they didn't have that many players away and they deserved to take the lead". Rarely has a manager sounded so upbeat after a defeat.

"I'm very happy and grateful I've inherited a team that's been through that".

"Paul is important for us and we couldn't keep the ball today".

Heading into this weekend's round of games, Rashford had netted two goals in his last three appearances, including the victor from the penalty spot in Manchester United's 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Perhaps the biggest plus for United, though, was the defence.

Asked what that tally says as to how close United are from challenging moving forwards, Jones said: "I don't think we're far away". We came out here and we were a little bit unsure.

"He's come in and done a terrific job". 'We've been the best team since just before Christmas with the amount of points we've got.

In truth, though, United were always going to need more than just a new manager.

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